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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 4:20:48 PM on 15 May 2018.
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 Location: Latham, ACT
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I bought this little general from the HRSA meet in Goulburn for 30 dollars. It was complete but a little faded. I ended up replacing the output transformer, Recapping it and replacing the volume control.
The leatherette was very faded but complete with not too much damage. I decided to clean the leatherette and thought I might try spray painting it. Well the black engine enamel worked wonders, it looks like new.

Its a very strong performer. The valve lineup is EL3N, 6A7, 80 and I don't know what the other is.
When I tried it that night it gave a very nice light show that I would like to share with you ( no not sparks just the dial light out the back of the set ) I have sent photos please enjoy.

Little General
Little General
Little General
Little General
Little General
Little General


 
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Photos uploaded.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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 GTC
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The Little General was the 1940 creation of John Moyle, editor of Radio & Hobbies magazine. It was an extremely popular project, and kit, and there were many versions it between 1940 and 1961. Yours looks to be a very early version, although the original "official" line-up was 6K8G, 6G8G, 6V6G and 80.

Constructors and kit makers tended to use whatever valves they could source at the time.


 
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The official rumour is that the Little General in all its forms was the most popular model ever sold in Australia, beating commercially manufactured models by thousands.

I am not sure we could verify that at this stage of the game though. That said, it may be true because a lot of people did DIY back in those days.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:29:19 AM on 16 May 2018.
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 GTC
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The official rumour is that the Little General in all its forms was the most popular model ever sold in Australia

IIRC, Peter Lankshear did make that claim.

I have a Little General in the project pile. Haven't even check its line-up yet.


 
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